Skip the Black Friday crowds, and hunker down with a book instead

If you’re like me, braving jam-packed stores in search of Black Friday deals ranks just below plucking your eyelashes out with rusty pliers, whilst bathing in a vat of boiling jalapeño juice.

Hands down, I would rather be alone with a book.

And don’t forget the music.

And pajamas.

I’m spending today out hiking with my boys—which is equally awesome—but tonight’s plans involve copious amounts of reading + music + pajamas.

Ahh, bliss. 🙂

For those of you who have similar Black Friday plans, it would be a huge honor to earn a spot on your e-reader today.  If you haven’t heard about Spectral Tales, a young adult anthology of eight ghost stories, you can download it for free today.  I am so fortunate to join this awesome group of authors in putting this collection together.

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Download Spectral Tales for free from any of these retailers:

Happy Black Friday Reading in Your Pajamas Day! 🙂


Thankful for Cash — $250 Up for Grabs!

It’s time for another awesome giveaway, hosted by I Am a Reader!  Who wouldn’t want to win $250??

I’m thrilled to join this fantastic group of authors & bloggers in offering up a whopping $250 to one lucky winner.  (The winner will have a choice between Paypal cash or an Amazon eGift code.  Yay!)

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Thankful for Cash $250 Giveaway – November 15th to December 15th

Thanks to these fabulous bloggers & authors for sponsoring this giveaway!

Sponsor List

I Am A Reader
Author Niki Danforth
Krysten Lindsay Hager author
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Amy McNulty

Giveaway Details

$250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 eGift Card

Ends 12/15/15

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or who can redeem an Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Enter the giveaway HERE

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Eight Uber-Awesome YA Paranormal Stories, All in One Spiffy Package

I’m so thrilled to announce the release of a fantastic new YA paranormal short story anthology!  I have the honor and privilege of standing among a wonderful group of eight YA authors in presenting our new release, Spectral Tales:Spectral Tales Cover

Whether they are spirits of the departed or figments of an overactive imagination, ghosts are a staple in fiction. Storytellers have portrayed ghosts as scary, friendly, or annoying across many genres. Now, eight authors offer their own interpretations of ghosts through a collection of short stories that will appeal to fans of horror, fantasy, or young adult fiction.

“Deathwatch” by Katie French – Teenage sisters Charlotte and Georgie stumble into a robbery, and their normal life gets flipped upside down. Worse, when the clerk kills one of the robbers, his face is covered in a supernatural swarm of bugs. Charlotte must be hallucinating. It’s the only explanation for the terrible things she’s seen. Everyone calls the clerk a hometown hero, but Charlotte’s not so sure. Then a dead girl appears in her mirror with clues to the truth, and Charlotte learns there’s more horror to this world than she ever expected.

“Tides” by Sarah Dalton – Andrea wakes with sand on her feet. She is sleepwalking down to the sea every night, but remembers little more than a vague recollection of a boy who lives on the beach. With an absent father and a mother who would rather walk along the coast than look after her daughter, Andrea struggles to get by. She’s haunted, but from a memory, or a spirit?

“Shadowspirit” by M.A. George – On a good day, Henta Mourngard is stalked by dreadspirits and netherphantoms, a living magnet for creatures of the afterlife. On a bad day, she finds herself communing with a demon of the underworld—worse yet, interrogating one—in a desperate attempt to track down the shadowspirit who has been her guide since infancy. Demons don’t take kindly to interrogation. And the search for a missing shadowspirit leads to places the living daren’t tread (lest they no longer qualify as living). ‘Tis unfortunate for Henta that today is not a “good day”.

“The Little Girl” by Jamie Campbell – Sixteen-year-old Penny is moving house… again. Starting out in a small town, she is hopeful this time will be the last. As long as the little girl doesn’t follow her, she will be rid of her past hauntings. The only problem is, the little girl won’t let her go and now she is about to grow stronger than ever before.

“The Ghost Below” by Ariele Sieling – White Rabbit gets sent to run cables in the bowels of the spaceship as a punishment. While working, she discovers that the ship’s ghost might be more than he seems.

“Slave Runner” by H.S. Stone – Malika and her sister are captured by slave traders but receive an unexpected gift of freedom when their captors encounter a deadly gathering of ghosts. The sisters escape to a nearby village, where they learn that the new sanctuary isn’t as safe as they thought it would be, and ghosts aren’t what they most need to fear.

“Farewell Ohana (A Ghostly Mini-Wave)” by Sutton Shields – Maile Lahela is under attack by someone in the Kauai Camp for the Curiously Creepy. When she awakens one morning unable to see, her peculiar, yet loyal friends decide it’s time to escape the institution—something that’s never been done. But before they can leave, Maile has a mission of her own…one that could cost them their lives. Farewell Ohana is a short, fun-filled, emotional prequel to the events occurring in Overfalls, Wave Two of The Merworld Water Wars series by Sutton Shields.

“Ghost Girl” by Susan Fodor – Zoey Saunders has her future mapped out, but an accident brings her life to an untimely end. In her new state of being, Zoey feels compelled to seek justice for her death and bring healing to her family who have become a shadow of their former selves. But what constitutes justice and will getting even ever be enough to replace the life she lost?

You can get Spectral Tales for free-eee-ee at any of these retailers:

Thanks again to this awesome group of authors for including me!  It was tons of fun.

Happy reading! 🙂

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Fall into Cash! (Hmm…How many books could $250 buy?)

Moola, buckaroos, dough, loot…250 smackers!  I’m happy to be a part of this fun giveaway hosted by I Am a Reader, and sponsored by many awesome bloggers and authors.  Here are the deets:
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Fall Into Cash $250 Giveaway

An awesome group of authors & bloggers have teamed up to bring you 1 fabulous prize…

We’re giving away $250 in Paypal Cash! (Or alternately you can choose a $250 eGift Code!)

This giveaway runs from October 15th to November 15th. Enter via the rafflecopter.

Sponsor List – Thanks to these awesome bloggers & authors for sponsoring this giveaway!!

I Am A Reader
Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Lori’s Reading Corner
Coupons and Freebies Mom
Kindle and Me
Krysten Lindsay Hager author
Raven Haired Girl
Author Melissa Wright
Author Inger Iversen
Simple Wyrdings
Darcus @ Rainy Days and Pajamas
Auggie @ AuggieTalk
Suzi Love
Rae Lori
Hearts On Sleeves Book Blog
Author Dorothy Dreyer
Suzanne van Rooyen
Diana’s Book Reviews
Pintip Dunn
Julie Reece
Bette Lee Crosby
Amy McNulty
Author Jennifer Peel
Chris Eboch
Free Bookster
Carol Malone
Barefoot by the Sea
Bex @ Aurelia {lit}{geek}{chic}
Author Ednah Walters
Glistering Bs Blog
Jennifer Bardsley
MHDeanCollectibles Book Blog
Heather Gray, Author
Author M.A. George

Giveaway Details

$250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 eGift Card

Ends 11/15/15

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or who can redeem an Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


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Awesome Books + Awesome People = Too Much Awesomeness for Words

photo(4)I was very fortunate to take part in a book signing at the Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library in Rocksprings, Texas this weekend.  It was a very awesome day, with so many lovely people dedicating their time to celebrating books!  I am sincerely thankful to all those involved in arranging this event, and to all of the attendees I had the pleasure of meeting.  Happy reading, everyone!


HUGE 99 Cent Ebook Sale!


I’m thrilled to participate in this ginormous ebook sale, running this weekend only.  Check it out and grab some awesome books for only 99 cents! 🙂

Over 175 ebooks from over 150 authors–including USA Today Bestsellers–are on sale for 99 cents.

This promo will last only April 10th, 11th, and 12th.

Find paranormal, fantasy, romance, and much more.

Don’t forget to tell your friends so they can one-click too!

Visit the 99 Cent Book Blast.

An Awesome YA Giveaway and An Interview with Author Nicole Ciachella! Good Times!

I’m thrilled to be part of a fantastically awesome YA book event happening right now:  The YA Spring Fling giveaway, hosted by Author Sarah Dalton.  There is a huge list of wonderful books up for grabs, so enter to win before April 3rd!

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It’s an honor to be part of such a great group of authors.  I’m happy to host one of them here today for an interview:  Nicole Ciacchella.  Her Contributor series is among the amazing books you can enter to win!

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Here are Nicole’s thoughts on everything from writing to caffeinated beverages to the zombie apocalypse:

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Playing in imagination land all day long, and being my own boss. Granted, I’m a demanding boss, but I like setting my own pace and determining what I’m going to write and when I’m going to write it. Sometimes I think I should buckle down and stick with one genre, but part of what I love about what I do is that I can write all the thousands of stories that used to do nothing but collect dust in my head.

What’s the worst thing about being a writer?

Right now, the uncertainty of the paycheck. Not a day goes by when I’m not grateful for the chance to do this, but it’s a little like trying to win the lottery. With each book things grow a bit more, but I’m definitely in this for the love and not the money. I am by no means complaining, but the reality of being an author doesn’t always match up with the image of it, I think. It may seem like all glitz and glamor, but it’s also a lot of sitting around in your pajamas mumbling to yourself all day.

Tell us more about your books.

You know how you hear that old adage that you should write the books you want to read? Well, that’s what I do. My tastes can be pretty unique, so I’m not always sure my books will appeal to a large audience, but I’m okay with that. The best thing about what’s been happening in publishing, in my opinion, is that the explosion of both trade published books and indie books means there are more choices for readers. It’s great if you happen to love whatever books fall into the hot trend of the moment, but what if you prefer zombie romances set in a post-apocalyptic Egypt directly after the fall of the pharaohs? I think it’s awesome that there are now books for everyone out there.

Tell us something interesting about your main character.

When I started writing Contributor, I wanted to make sure that Dara was really a product of her environment. From the moment she was born, she was spoon-fed this propaganda about how awesome the Creators are, how they saved humanity, and how she owes them her undying gratitude and allegiance. She’s never been presented with any other point of view, so I wanted her behavior to reflect that. Her transition had to be a painful one, as the scales gradually fall from her eyes and she begins to realize she’s living a lie. In some ways, I think this is something of a parallel to how it feels to go from being a kid to being an adult, not necessarily that the world is a lie, but that you start to see that things aren’t as simple or straightforward as you thought they were.

Coffee or Tea?

I’m not sure I could exist without coffee, but I’m a big fan of tea too. I won’t tell you how much I have of each in my house. It’s embarrassing.

Plotter or Pantser?

Total pantser. I start out with an overall concept, and then gradually more facets of the story reveal themselves as I write. If I outline too much I feel like I’m trying to wrestle my story in a direction it doesn’t want to go. Contributor started out as one thing and ended up something completely different, and I think it’s a better book because I let go and allowed myself to fly by the seat of my pants. I know this approach doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s the way to go for me. Of course, it means I spend a lot of time panicking, wondering what’s going to happen next—my books are a mystery even to me when I’m writing them.

Are there any books involved in the YA Spring Fling that you’re secretly lusting after?

Ann Christy’s Strikers is on my to-be-read list. The description sounds like the kind of book I eat up, and her cover is gorgeous. I fell in love with it the second I saw it.

What was the last YA book you read?

Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger. I don’t typically read steampunk, but her Finishing School books are a lot of fun. I love the wry, sly humor in them.

Why do you write YA?

Once upon a time I taught high school and middle school. I’ve always thought that age is so pivotal because it’s the point where people start figuring out who they are and what they want out of life. It’s an uncomfortable, thrilling, terrifying place to be, which is something I think a lot of adults tend to forget. When I taught I was consistently surprised by how amazing and awesome my students were. They were some of the brightest, funniest people I knew, and they gave me a lot of perspective and a lot of hope for the future.

What are your top tips for surviving a bad review?

Reaching a point where you understand that not every book is for every person. It can be really confusing when reviews are contradictory, but it just drives home for me that what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. I understand this. I’m a reader too, and some of the most popular books out there are not my cup of tea, while some books that aren’t universally loved are much more in line with what I look for in a book. Again, I think this all ties back to how great it is that we live in the publishing environment we do. More books for all, I say!

What are your top tips for surviving a zombie apocalypse?

Curl up in a ball and weep copiously. Seriously. I can’t even handle camping, so I’m pretty sure I’d be one of the first zombie snacks. Then again, I think what people love about zombie fiction and apocalyptic fiction in general is seeing the lengths to which people will go to survive. I think we all have those moments where we wonder how far we would go if we were pressed.

What inspires you?

Unplugging! I tend to come up with my best ideas when I’m doing something completely unrelated, like taking a long walk or when I’m in the shower or when I’m folding laundry. I think in modern society we have this weird, irrational fear of not being productive or of being bored. Being bored every now and then is good for you. It allows your imagination to wander, and that’s when you’re most able to get in touch with your creativity. I recommend a regular, healthy dose of unproductive time to everyone.

Where can readers find your books?

Right now I’m mostly exclusive to Amazon, which means Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read all of my books for free!

Many thanks to Nicole Ciacchella for an awesome interview!  Please check out her website for more info about her books.

I’d also like to thank author Milda Harris for hosting my own interview!

Be sure to sign up to enter the YA Spring Fling giveaway.  Too many great books to pass up!